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HBHS seeks first region win

Published 6:46pm Tuesday, October 1, 2013

After a wild 42-36 victory over Thorsby, the Horseshoe Bend Generals will try to get a winning streak started when they host region foe LaFayette.
Generals football coach Jason Franklin said the team has responded well in practice, although the bumps and bruises have begun to mount.
“We had a good day yesterday,” Franklin said. “Right now, we’re focusing on getting our injured guys back healthy, and we’re focused on continuing to improve.”
The Generals (2-3, 0-3 in region) will try to get their first region win at the expense of the Bulldogs of LaFayette (0-5, 0-3 in region). Franklin said the team could benefit from facing a team with similar offensive philosophy.
“We’re going to see a mirror image of ourselves,” Franklin said. “They’re a spread team, and they are an athletic bunch.”
With key players Drew Hill and Jackson Sexton nursing injuries, Franklin said other members of the team would have to step forward.
“Major (Abernathy) was the one who stepped up last week,” Franklin said. “I’m looking for Isac Holt and Hunter White to contribute for us in the backfield. Hunter is back from an ankle injury, and Isac is finally starting to get into football shape, as he was hurt to start the season.”
Both Hill and Sexton are expected back later this season.
Defensively, Franklin said the team would need to do more of the same from their game against Thorsby – that being exercising patience when the Generals have the ball.
“LaFayette is a 3-4 team, and we think there are some things we can exploit,” Franklin said. “The key for us is to be patient. That’s one of the things we did well last week. We can’t force things, and we have to take what the defense gives us.”
The Generals and Bulldogs kick off at 7 p.m. from Battle Stadium at Horseshoe Bend School.

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